- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 29, 2005

JOPPATOWNE, Md. — Slain police Officer Leslie Holliday was remembered yesterday as a mother of three who once helped her training officer subdue a belligerent criminal on a Baltimore street during her brief time on the force.

Police, friends and family crammed into the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection to say goodbye to the 34-year-old officer, who police say was fatally shot by an ex-fiance.

Officer James Howard, who trained Officer Holliday, told mourners about the time he was struggling to arrest a criminal who was bigger than he. Officer Howard described how Officer Holliday came to his aid, and together they cuffed the criminal.

“Leslie Holliday, you were a good and faithful servant,” Officer Howard said, his voice cracking with emotion.

Officer Valentino Harvey, one of her colleagues, said fellow officers would continue her work fighting crime. “We’ll make sure it’s done,” Officer Harvey said.

Officer Holliday and Officer Adam Vazquez, 26, were fatally shot last week in Officer Vazquez’s Pikesville, Md., town house. The two officers were dating.

Eugene Victor Perry Jr., a Maryland Department of General Services officer, was charged in the killings. Police said Mr. Perry, 33, is Officer Holliday’s former fiance.

Officer Holliday joined the force in July 2004, graduating from the police academy about a year later.

Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm said after the funeral that he was focused on unifying the department in wake of the slayings. “Now we’ve got to pull together and go out there and take care of the job that we were sworn to do,” he said.

Teresa Carder, a police dispatcher, said Officer Holliday’s squad was taking the deaths hard, and that the tragedy was drawing a lot of people together.

“I’m just proud of the way everybody came together, standing up for her family and Officer Vazquez’s family,” she said as mourners walked outside the church into the rain to a small graveyard. “It’s important to their family to see us all together as one.”

Officer Holliday’s mother, Bernice Johnson, told the Baltimore Sun that her daughter had been engaged to Mr. Perry until last summer. Officer Holliday had three children by a previous marriage and was living with her mother in Joppatowne, a Baltimore suburb.

Officer Vazquez, who served 41/2 years on the Baltimore police force, was buried in his native Brooklyn, N.Y., Wednesday in a service attended by several of his colleagues from Baltimore.



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